Decision details

Review of self funder administration fees

Decision Maker: Director of Health and Care

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Where an individual’s financial resources are above the financial limit, they are described as a “self-funder”.
As described in the Care Act, and the Council’s Contribution Policy (paragraph 3.26): “In non-residential cases, self-funders can arrange their own care or ask the council to arrange and manage it. The council must agree to this, but can charge fees to cover costs.”

Alternative options considered:

Alternative Option considered – Retain 2018/19 charges:
The option of retaining the administration fees at the 2018/19 rate has not been accepted, as the review has demonstrated that the 2018/19 administration fees did not cover the costs incurred by the Council to deliver the function, and hence this has resulted in the function being subsidised by council tax payers.

Selected Option – Increase charges for self-funders to reflect the cost of providing the function.
The Council’s contribution policy states that it will charge to cover the cost of providing the function.

A letter will be sent to all self-funders, with six weeks notice, advising that the new administration fees will take effect. This will give sufficient time for self-funders to choose alternative arrangements if they would prefer not to pay the administration fee.

Guidance on the Council’s website and for practitioners will be updated to ensure that all self-funders are aware of the administration fees if they would like the Council to provide this function.

Publication date: 02/08/2019

Date of decision: 09/08/2019

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